Herbalife products are not always good for general usage, based on numerous customer complaints listed on the Consumer Affairs website. Additionally, taking more than the recommended amount of certain vitamins and minerals contained in the products can lead to adverse reactions, as noted by Mayo Clinic.
Though marketed as an all-natural weight loss program, many of the claims made by the Herbalife company are unsubstantiated. At best, many who take the products often do not lose any significant amounts of weight, or worse, start to feel sick after consuming them, as stated in complaints filed with Consumer Affairs.
In December of 2014, the company was cited by the Federal Drug Administration for using deceptive language in its advertising, which appeared to indicate that the products had some form of safety approval by the agency. These advertising statements were incorrect, as the FDA is not required to give approval for herbal supplements, and in particular, had never issued any such approval for Herbalife, according to the Michael R. Taylor, the FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine.
In addition to potential safety issues with Herbalife products, the company itself has come under fire numerous times over the years for its multilevel marketing practices. These types of companies are strictly regulated in order to prevent fraud, and, as noted by the New York Post, Herbalife has failed to adhere to its own compliance policies and as of 2014 was being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.